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Summary: This is a Black History Sermon based on the idea of idolatry and race. The prophet Jeremiah, in no uncertain terms, goes on to declare to Judah, the ancient people of God, that just as there is no desire on the part of either the eye-catching leopard

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February 28, 2016 BMCR Sunday Black Pride Sunday

Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9

Jeremiah 13:20-27The Message (MSG)

20-22 Look, look, Jerusalem!

Look at the enemies coming out of the north!

What will become of your flocks of people,

the beautiful flocks in your care?

How are you going to feel when the people

you’ve played up to, looked up to all these years

Now look down on you? You didn’t expect this?

Surprise! The pain of a woman having a baby!

Do I hear you saying,

“What’s going on here? Why me?”

The answer’s simple: You’re guilty,

hugely guilty.

Your guilt has your life endangered,

your guilt has you writhing in pain.

23 Can an African change skin?

Can a leopard get rid of its spots?

So what are the odds on you doing good,

you who are so long-practiced in evil?

24-27 “I’ll blow these people away—

like wind-blown leaves.

You have it coming to you.

I’ve measured it out precisely.”

God’s Decree.

“It’s because you forgot me

and embraced the Big Lie,

that so-called god Baal.

I’m the one who will rip off your clothes,

expose and shame you before the watching world.

Your obsessions with gods, gods, and more gods,

your goddess affairs, your god-adulteries.

Gods on the hills, gods in the fields—

every time I look you’re off with another god.

O Jerusalem, what a sordid life!

Is there any hope for you!”

Jerusalem had no power to protect the people in its country. It was like a shepherd who could look after his sheep. The enemy from the north was Babylon, who was attacking Judah already. Judah had tried to make Babylon a political friend. But Babylon would rule Judah.

The people did not believe that such trouble would happen to them. They wanted to know why it would happen. They were like many people who ask this. 'Why should that happen to me?' Jeremiah said that it was because of Judah's great *sins. What was this great sin Running after Chasing After other gods, For some reason during the time of Jeremiah the people had a hard time being faithful to God and when you prostitute and cheat on God nothing good comes after it.

Today we celebrate the Last Sunday in Black History Month, what many call Black Pride Sunday and in a year following the Black Lives Matter Summer and a weekend following the epic fight for the Black vote in South Carolina Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton one would ask the eternal Question why do black folks have it so hard. Why is it that Black America is having it so Hard? Well one example might be found in the message of Jeremiah.

The Prophet was clear that the punishment was coming because of the sin of Idolatry. The greatest sin in the Bible by far is the sin of idolatry. Idolatry is the main reason why God rebuked and judged the nation of Israel. (Read the major and minor prophets as well as the books of Kings and Chronicles.) Idolatry is when we violate the first of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:3), which says, "You shall have no other gods before Me." It is when we put something or someone first in our life, before the living and true God. Idolatry is the root cause of all other sins—which is why the first two commandments dealt with this.


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